In the midst of the busy graduation weekend, Chaplain Lesley Adams invites graduates, friends and family to stop and take a much-needed breath at the annual Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 14. A tradition dating to eighth century England, the Hobart and William Smith community has practiced the ceremony for more than 180 years. Baccalaureate allows for quiet reflection through readings, addresses, prayers and music.
“Everything changes with graduation: friendships, family relationships, responsibilities and opportunities,” remarks Adams. “The Baccalaureate service offers graduates and their families and friends the chance to slow down, to breathe deeply; to notice and to process at a spiritual level what is happening.”
This year’s ceremony held at Trinity Church will feature musical performances by the Colleges’ Chorale and a brass quintet, as well as the thoughtful words of Provost and Dean of Faculty Teresa Amott, who will also be awarded an honorary degree during Sunday’s Commencement. The service will include readings by members of the Classes of 2011, Christa Levesque ’11, Andrea Rocchio ’11 and Mustafa Sayed ’11. Director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life Lorinda Weinstock and Adams will also join the traditional ceremony with prayers and benedictions.
Baccalaureate will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, located at 520 South Main Street. A Provost and Deans’ reception will follow the ceremony in the Trinity Parish Hall at 3:30 p.m. Due to limited parking, guests are asked to walk to the church if able.